Neil Myler

Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Neil Myler
Email: myler@bu.edu
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/neilmylerlinguist/
Office phone: 617-358-4642
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: Linguistics B 08
Office address: Linguistics Program, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2017: TBA

BA, Modern and Medieval Languages, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (UK)
MPhil, Linguistics, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (UK)
PhD, Linguistics, New York University

Professor Myler teaches courses on morphology and various aspects of comparative morphosyntax. His research interests include morphology, (micro-)comparative syntax, argument structure, and the morphosyntax and semantics of possession cross-linguistically. Prof. Myler carries out linguistic fieldwork on Quechua languages (in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina) and on English dialects. For a full list of publications, see https://sites.google.com/site/neilmylerlinguist/.

Neil Myler introduces himself and describes his courses (see below):

Courses

Fall 2017

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 110

SAY WHAT ? Accents, Dialects, and Society

A1 Myler TR 12:30-1:45 CAS B20
When people from different regions of the US and from various parts of the English-speaking world meet for the first time, they are immediately struck by differences in the way they speak. For speakers of so-called “non-standard” dialects, this can give rise to insecurity and frustration, and dialect prejudice may lead such speakers to suppress aspects of their native variety (an experience familiar to many American college students). But is there any objective reason to consider non-standard dialects as inferior? What are the implications of dialect diversity for education, civil rights, and other aspects of public policy? How are dialects and their speakers represented in literature, film, humor, music, and other aspects of popular culture? How exactly does English vary across different places and social groups? Where do these accents and dialects come from in the first place? This course, which assumes no previous background in linguistics, investigates these questions from both a linguistic and a more broadly humanistic perspective. [Prereq: None. Students who have already taken CAS LX 250 or any higher-level linguistics course (or are doing so concurrently) are not eligible to take CAS LX 110.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

GRS LX 611

Morphology: Introduction to the Structures and Shapes of Words

web A1 Myler TR 9:30-10:45 CAS 218
Morphology, the study of the internal structure and the shapes of words across languages, straddles the boundary between syntax and phonology. This course covers the major empirical and theoretical issues in the study of morphology, emphasizing links to other components of grammar. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 311; Previously offered as CAS LX 521 "Morphology"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

Spring 2018 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

GRS LX 617

"Having" and "Being" across Languages

A1 Myler MWF 9:05-9:55 TBA
Languages differ startlingly in how they express the apparently basic concepts of “possession” and “essence”. Students explore this variety and its implications, addressing fundamental questions about linguistic relativism, language universals, and the relationship between structure and meaning. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 317; Previously offered as CAS LX 517 ""Having" and "Being" across Languages"]

GRS LX 670

Romance Linguistics

A1 Myler MWF 10:10-11 TBA
This course covers sound and morphosyntactic change since Latin, plus various topics in the comparative grammar of modern Romance languages. In addition, there is a module introducing students to the grammatical systems of certain less-studied Romance languages. Students deepen their linguistic knowledge and analytic skills by applying what they have learned in other Linguistics courses to this language family, and learn how data from Romance languages have contributed to our understanding of how language works in general. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor; PLUS prior study of Latin or a Romance language at the 4th semester level or higher (e.g., CAS LF 212 or CAS LI 212 or CAS LS 212 or CAS LP 212 or equivalent).]
[Meets with CAS LX 370; Previously offered as CAS LX 532 "Romance Linguistics"]